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Invest in yourself through lifelong learning and professional development.

Learn & Grow

When you work in education and research, it’s important to remember your own professional development. That’s why Penn encourages you to fuel your personal growth and career mobility by taking advantage of learning opportunities that will take your career to the next level.

Along with access to online learning tools such as Lynda, Penn brings customized and nationally recognized training programs to campus. Through the Human Resources Learning and Education department, you and your staff can benefit from practical, effective training programs and career coaching at times that fit your schedule.

Learning and Education selects and develops courses with Penn’s culture in mind to prepare current and future staff leaders to fulfill our unique mission. These courses bring out the best in participants while allowing you and your team to stay productive.

Whether you want to build skills for specific project, explore your talents, improve workplace relationships, or manage your career, Penn’s Learning and Education professionals and resources support your pursuit of excellence.

Professional Development and Mobility

I take full advantage of the professional and personal development workshops offered at Penn. This lifelong learning enables me to approach my job with a fresh perspective.

Nadina Deigh

Associate Dean, Institutional Advancement, School of Social Policy & Practice

Staff member since 2002

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Get Involved

Becoming a supervisor or manager can be incredibly rewarding. But in order to excel, you need to have certain foundational skills to help you flourish in your role. This self-paced, pre-supervisory training program-geared toward high-performing Penn staff who aren't supervisors or managers will help prepare you for a managerial role. You'll attend seven half-day classroom sessions and complete seven online modules covering topics like managing relationships, communicating, and preparing for leadership. You'll also get an assessment of your professional strengths to help build your skills and move forward in your career.

If you're a new manager at Penn, the Essentials of Management program is for you. You'll learn about a variety of management practices to help you shine in your new role--such as interviewing, hiring, development, engagement, and performance management. This program runs over a five-month period and includes nine classroom sessions and thee online modules. You'll participate in a 360-degree feedback process, meet with a professional performance coach, and have the opportunity to network with other managers from all over Penn's campus.

You already have the foundational skills it takes to be a good manager. Now it's time to amp up your skills in Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania (AMP UP)! This program will teach you leadership skills beyond those learned in Essentials of Management. Learn how to enhance your leadership style, build credibility, resolve conflicts, and manage up.

Develop a solid foundation in ethics, change management, and workplace culture.

By the end of AMP UP, you'll know how to create and manage a high-performing team. Participate in a leadership assessment and receive personalized developmental coaching. This program includes six full-day sessions and a group learning project completed over a six-month period.

As a senior leader at Penn, you have the potential to help shape the future of the University. Through classroom-based learning sessions and team projects, this program will help you become a standout leader and allow you to carry out the vision and mission of Penn.

You'll develop leadership skills that make a difference, both inside and outside the work-place. Learn how to think strategically, lead through change, build your emotional intelligence, develop stronger relationships, exercise influence, and help your staff grow as professionals.